Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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Focus on Coaching: Music Ensemble

Observe a music teacher coaching a small ensemble rehearsal and decide whether and how the teacher provides appropriate coaching to the students.

Focus On: Critiquing Student Work

Watch two teacher critiques followed by two student critiques. Determine whether students are learning the elements of effective critique from their teachers.

Focus On: Culturally Responsive Teaching

Identify the ways a teacher demonstrates sensitivity to the cultural, linguistic, and economic backgrounds of the students he is teaching.

4-Question Survey: Matter

Find out your or your students' understanding of matter. Afterwards you can see how others answered the questions.

Group Test Parabola

Graph the sequence and find the equation of the curve. Solve the equation to determine the value of the 100th term of the sequence.

Grouping Diverse Learners

Read two instructional scenarios, determine which grouping plans are most effective for teaching and learning in specific situations, and then practice grouping diverse learners.

The House

Learn the importance of setting purposes for reading in order to improve comprehension. Read a passage about a house three times, highlighting the passage with different purposes in mind each time.

Images as History: Depression Era Photography

This image of a steer skull seems straightforward, but it generated enormous controversy at the time. Can you imagine why? Hint: It was taken to document the hardships Americans suffered during the Depression.

Interactive Forum

Read two poems and follow the prompts to interpret them using four approaches: reader response, inquiry, cultural studies and critical pedagogy. Use the prompts to guide personal reflection, launch a lesson with students or join an online discussion.

Interactive Strategy Workbook

Read two poems and reflect on the numerous teaching strategies featured in "Teaching Multicultural Literature." Choose strategies to explore, and consider how you might adapt them for these poems and your students. Then compile and print your notes.


Answer the journal prompts, including reflections from the workshops and your own classroom. The journal (requires a login) will save your entries for 120 days after you register, however you can print or transfer your entries to your own computer.

Location Graphs

Consider two graphs representing the number of people present at two different locations over the course of the day. Interpret the graphs to guess the locations.

Made from Dots

Notice how magazines print photos using dots made up of percentages of only three colors and black. Try your hand at using percentages of cyan, magenta and yellow to match the magazine color displayed.

Making Connections in Your Teaching

Connect teaching goals with strategies that enhance learning. Select teaching goals, review the tips provided, then brainstorm and list strategies you would use to help students make connections. Compare your answers to other teachers' answers.

Measuring Ant Tunnels

Students have used three non-standard measuring tools to estimate the length of an ant tunnel. Think about the problem-solving aspect of this activity as you compare their estimates.

Meeting The Needs of Students

Generate integrated teaching activities that meet student needs, e.g. creativity, social interaction, etc.

A New Identity

Students have written one-paragraph self-descriptions to send to other citizens of the new state they are creating. Read one of the paragraphs and work backwards through a series of prompts to determine the paragraph's audience, purpose, genre and theme.

Placing Artifacts in Time

This interactive focuses on the concept of Chronological Thinking. Using the example of Pocahontas, explore how historical representations change over time, and often reflect the period in which the representation was created.

Planning a Weekly Writing Schedule

Consider a week in your classroom, record instances when your students are writing and find additional places to fit writing into your teaching. See a sample of one weekly schedule where writing has been incorporated across the curriculum.

Powerful Teaching and Learning

Read the description of each segment, then identify up to three elements of powerful teaching and learning best represented in the segment. Once you've identified the elements, explain your answers.

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